Winter Wallop: Cleveland's snow plan

Winter Wallop: Cleveland's snow plan

The City of Cleveland's snow removal fleet has been deployed in anticipation of the expected snow fall Tuesday night.

At 5:00 p.m. the Division of Streets had 25 crews servicing main roads. By 8:00 p.m., it increased to full staffing levels of 48 crews.

At 4:00 a.m., 12 road graders will be added to increase our snow removal fleet to 60 pieces of equipment. These crews will service main roads throughout the morning commute.

During events with large amounts of continuous snow, and in this case, wind anticipated to reach maximum speeds of up to 25 mph, the Division's focus is on snow removal efforts and plowing main thoroughfares. Bridges and hills will be salted as needed. Currently, the City of Cleveland has 7,000 tons of salt in its reserves and receives a daily shipment of 1,400 tons.

For the morning commute, the City of Cleveland encourages all motorists to allow for ample time in order to reach their destinations. Traffic control officers will be stationed at key intersections downtown to help keep traffic moving. In addition, motorists should not "Block the Box" when traveling. Ensure you can move all the way through an intersection before the traffic signal changes. Stopping in the middle of an intersection prohibits oncoming vehicles from passing through that intersection and can result in grid lock.

The Brunswick Hills Township Board of Trustees, meantime, has activated a snow emergency. It is effective immediately until further notice.

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